Canada's Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests

Canada's Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests

by Peter H. Russell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487502041
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 249,356
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on issues related to the Canadian Constitution and Canadian politics in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part 1: The Founding Pillars
2. The Incomplete Conquest of New France
3. The Original Partnership With Indigenous Peoples
4. English-Speaking People Become the Majority
Part 2: Trying to Complete the Conquests
5. Three Wars and Betrayal of Our Indian Allies
6. Rebellions and the Plan to Assimilate French Canada
Part 3: Confederation
7. English Canada Gets a Dominion French Canada Gets a Province and Indigenous Peoples Get Left Out
Part 4: Confederation to World War II
8. The Colonization of Indigenous Canada
9. The Provincialization of French Canada
10. The Nationalization of English Canada
Part 5: Transformation of the Pillars
11.Quebec Becomes Constitutionally Radical
12.Aboriginal Peoples Get a Hearing
13.English-Canada Becomes Multicultural
Part 6: Seeking a Constitutional Fix
14. Patriation — Quebec's Loss, Aboriginal Gains
15. The End of Mega Constitutional Politics?
16. The Three Pillars Continue Their Odyssey

What People are Saying About This

Kent McNeil

"Canada's Odyssey is a remarkable achievement. Peter H. Russell weaves together his robust knowledge of Canadian history and government in an accessible and inviting read. Canada's Odyssey is ideal for those scholars, students, and general readers who long to be better informed about our country."

Charlotte Gray

"Lucid and lively, Canada's Odyssey is both a joy to read and also a provocative story about a country that has been and continues to be an unfinished project. The tone is friendly, the prose is free of jargon — but Professor Russell's hand is firm on the tiller. This is Big History: the distillation of fifty years of scholarship written for a contemporary popular audience. The author gives the three founding peoples their due, while recognizing some of the uglier chapters in the past and also the rapidly shifting demographics of today. He explains how nothing was inevitable as Canada took shape; successive governments relied on incremental change and accommodation to absorb the complexity and diversity of this country. This has allowed Canadians to develop the institutions and compromises required to become not a homogenous nation but a mutually respectful people who, for the most part, peacefully share the grandeur of our extraordinary land"

The Hon. Hugh Segal

"Russell's book provides a seminal and deep insight into Canada's political identity. His magisterial political analysis of how and why 'compromise' usurped 'conquest' makes this must read book a new and compelling take on the evolution of our nation"

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